Please join us on August 13 and 14, 2016 for our Annual Picnic and Yard Sale: Steam train rides both days. Picnic food on sale 11 AM – 3 PM. Music by Bitter Brew from 11 AM to 1 PM, on the Sheepscot station platform. Yard sale both days 9 AM to 4 PM. Proceeds to … Continue reading Annual Picnic & No. 9 Celebration!
Engine #1 Built Bought Retired Scrapped Weight Builder Builder’s # Wheels 1883 1894 1912 1916 14 tons H. K. Porter 565 0-4-4RT Notes: This engine was built in 1883, for the Sandy River Railroad as their #3. It was built as a wood-burner, with a blind (flangeless) rear driver. On the WW&F, it was converted … Continue reading Pictorial Tour of WW&F Historical Engines
Locomotive 9, shown here, was built in 1891 by the Portland Company, Portland Maine, for the Sandy River Railroad. It was the 622nd locomotive built by the Portland Company, one of ten two-foot gauge locomotives built by that manufacturer. This locomotive gained four different numbers over its 40+ year operational history: SRRR #5, Sandy River … Continue reading Locomotive 9
The Project Locomotive #9 is the only surviving locomotive from 3 different Maine two foot gauge railroads: the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes (SR&RL), the Kennebec Central (KC), and the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington (WW&F). Additionally, it is the oldest of the surviving Maine Two Footer locomotives (built 1891), and only one of possibly two … Continue reading Restoration of Locomotive 9
Rebuilding Maine History: Peruse the following pages for a review of recent milestones in the railroad’s restoration. For current project updates, be sure to check our popular WW&F Discussion Forum and Facebook page. July, August, September 2018 April, May, June 2018 January, February, March 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Newly-constructed track on the newly-purchased land … Continue reading Restoration Progress and Milestones
The historic B&M Moose Brook Bridge now spans Trout Brook near Head Tide village. The bridge will soon be lowered and secured onto its pilings, and remaining work on two short approach spans will then follow. Brendan Barry photo. On Saturday, September 8th, our Museum completed a major milestone in our Trout Brook Bridge project with … Continue reading A Major Milestone for Our Trout Brook Bridge Project!
Easter Eggspress: Prep for the special event involved lots of plowing and shoveling of snow. The trains were well attended with over 400 visitors. Shingle Mill Salvage: An old shingle mill that last ran in the 1970s was donated to the Museum, for the price of removing it from the building it was in, plus … Continue reading Museum Milestones – April, May and June 2015
Winter: Winter this year consisted of frequent snow storms – sometimes more than one a week. Not normally a problem when we don’t try to keep the line open, but we had an early March charter. We started clearing the line in early February, but kept getting storm after storm. By the day of the … Continue reading Museum Milestones – 2011
Locomotive 9: The year began with work on driving gear and re-wheeling the engine. The wheels were put back on in February but it was decided to leave it on blocks for ease of access to inside frame parts. As the year progressed, nearly everything dealing with the business end of steam received attention: cylinders, … Continue reading Museum Milestones – 2013
1985: Harry E. Percival, Jr. purchases railroad right of way from the Winter Foundation, owner of the original WW&F assets. 1986 – 1988: Harry starts work to restore the railroad. He tries to start a non-profit Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad Company (the name of the original railroad when built) but could not because the company … Continue reading Museum Milestones of Previous Years